Canadian Taxpayers' Federation

Taxpayers Should Keep Hissing For Savings From TransLink Mayors

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing." Mayors forgot that axiom last year when they spent millions trying to convince taxpayers to hand over a new sales tax to TransLink -- an agency widely reviled for its wasteful spending.

B.C.'s Mayors Need To Listen To Their Citizens

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Leaders have a responsibility to resist their own cynicism and scratch beneath the surface to hear what people -- even those who are opposed -- are saying. What is the core concern driving the speaker? Is it affordability? Safety? Mayors should ask genuine questions of people, and actually listen to their responses

Over-Regulation Of Airbnb A Stumble Down Slippery Slope

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Robertson's vacancy and Airbnb taxes are a significant stumble down a slippery slope. If these new taxes don't raise the vacancy rate high enough, will he go after unoccupied suites in homes? Empty bedrooms? If private housing is now a social good, with its use essentially controlled through tax and regulation, what's to stop these next steps?

Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden Of Vancouver Natural-Gas Ban

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Robertson wants a 70 per cent cut in natural gas use by 2020, and 90 per cent gone within 10 years. This will cost individual residents thousands of dollars -- and was approved by Robertson and his council without any thought to the affordability crisis in Vancouver.

Trudeau Should Just Say No To City Pot Tax Grab

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In last year's Liberal election platform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana, touting a "new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied." By leaving out the possibility of city taxes, Trudeau raised the hackles of spend-crazy mayors across the nation. Now the mayors are pushing back -- they want a piece of the green.

B.C. Government Throws The Dice In India With Taxpayer Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

B.C. has become the first foreign government to issue a Masala bond in India. Essentially, B.C. took on $97.5 million in debt and immediately reinvested that money not in B.C. infrastructure or something that would help B.C. taxpayers, but in the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Limited of India.

B.C. Cities Gathering To Find New Ways To Charge Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

At a time when many B.C. taxpayers are struggling under the weight of their heavy tax burden, growing personal debt, and an incredibly high cost of living, our locally elected officials are there to remind us all of how hopelessly out of touch they are.

Limo Company Used By Minister Offers To Repay Taxpayers

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The owner of the company canvassed for the minister in the election.

B.C. Will End Up Paying For Christy Clark's Foreign Investor Tax

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

There's no tax quite as popular as a tax on someone else. But will the people still be on board once the bills come in for collecting the Vancouver vacancy tax, or when the foreign investment tax has to morph to catch the money coming into the country? Or if housing prices are unaffected? Or if housing prices plunge and Canadian homeowners owe more than their home is worth?

Ask Victorians Before Gouging Drivers With More Gas Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Todd Stone, B.C.'s minister of transportation, has apparently told the Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC) that he will approve their long-standing request for a two cents per litre gas tax hike in the Victoria region. The VRTC wants the tax, which would generate $6.6 million, for bus improvements.

Calgary's Mayor Needs To Take A Pay Cut: Taxpayers Group

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Alberta

Same goes for city councillors.

Actually, Bombardier Is Not A 'Proven Winner'

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Progressive economist Jim Stanford invites us to reimagine Bombardier's demand for another taxpayer handout as an exciting opportunity for an "equity investment." In his view, focusing on the usual metrics for businesses -- such as "does the company make money?" or "can it actually sell the products it makes?" -- is evidence of a dangerous affliction he refers to as "market fundamentalism."

Alberta Teachers' Salaries Need To Come Down: Taxpayers Federation

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Alberta

Education Minister David Eggen says the intent is to set an "affordable" tone, given the province's current economic situation.

Taxpayers Group Blasts MPs For $25M Increase To Office Budget

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2016 | Canada

A spokesman said it is questionable whether MPs should get $25 million more to spend on expenses.

Calgary 'Poop Palace' Wins Wasteful Spending Award

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Alberta

The artwork is certainly controversial.

Push Back Against B.C.'s MSP-Like Infrastructure Levies

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Road levy. Recreation and culture levy. Transportation for tomorrow tax. Dedicated road tax. Asset levy. Make no mistake: we want our cities to invest in infrastructure. Sewer, water, roads; these are core responsibilities of local government. But repackaging this spending with a new tax is a slap in the face.

It's Time To Wean B.C. Film Off Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

All told, the B.C. government cut cheques for $1.5 billion in film subsidies over the past five years. That's more than taxpayers spent on the ministries of aboriginal relations, agriculture and environment -- combined. As if that wasn't enough, the federal government jumped in with $1.73 billion more nation-wide. With the low Canadian dollar attracting more filming here, these subsidies are going to soar even higher in 2016-17, as there are no caps on these payouts.

Budget Challenges Ahead As Some Spending Vows Still Uncosted

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The dimming economy is not the only challenge facing Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

B.C. Pre-Budget Holds Good, Bad And Ugly Ideas For Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The bipartisan legislative committee was asked by Finance Minister Michael de Jong to travel the province and make recommendations for the 2016-17 B.C. budget. Unfortunately, the committee fell into the usual trap of recommending billions in new spending requests put in by dozens of special interest groups.

Alberta Taxpayers' List: Who's Been Naughty And Nice This Year

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Alberta

"Some people need to be reminded it's the season for giving, not taking.''

5 Months After The NO Vote, TransLink Questions Remain

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Peter Fassbender hasn't addressed a core concern for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, expressed during the campaign that sent the TransLink sales tax down to landslide defeat: TransLink is still broken, still lacking the public's confidence.

Jamie Oliver's Fat Tax Would Only Benefit The Bureaucrats

Kevin Lacey | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Kevin Lacey

Oliver, a British national, took to the CBC radio program The Q to say that both the UK and Canada need a national tax on sugary beverages. He says kids, particularly those who come from underprivileged backgrounds, are growing up living a far too unhealthy lifestyle. Would a tax change that behaviour?

Why Do Governments Feel The Need To Bribe Us With Our Own Money?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

There are tax credits for putting your kids in sports or music lessons, for volunteer firefighting, for taking a bus, for fixing up your kitchen, and for joining a search and rescue team. All worthy things, sure, but expensive for taxpayers. Now we're talking about a leftovers tax credit. Where will this trend end?

Alberta School Board's $900 Easter Egg Hunt Under Scrutiny

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

The Alberta School Boards Association spent more than $41,000 on staff gifts, meals, recognition and events planning between 2012 and 2014.

Slate Politics: Coming Soon To a B.C. City Hall Near You

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Video killed the radio star. But it's Peter Fassbender who is about to kill the independent civic politician.